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One Foot in Front of the Other

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Believe me, girl, that is the only way to do it. ONE STEP AT A TIME! It is okay to fall off the wagon. Everyone does it at some point or another. The really important part is to pick ourselves up and get back on. That is what kept me overweight nearly all my life. When I would slip and fall, I would just say, "I can't do this" and go right back to the food. This time has been different because this time I BELIEVED and I just kept putting one foot in front of another. Here I am 8 1/2 months later and down 63 pounds! One of the big motivators for me this time is that I am 52 years old. I can't keep messing around with my health and the yo-yo-ing forever. Don't wait so long like I did. Do it now and enjoy looking and feeling good in your youth. YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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BOBALOO1 1/18/2009 11:20PM

    WAYTOGO WATOGA!!! keep on stepping. emoticon

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Signs of Change , Part III

Thursday, January 15, 2009

When reflecting upon the changes that have occurred in me during the past 8 1/2 months, I realized that there are other physical changes that are reflected in my health. They are:

1. My left hip hurts a lot less. (I have an artificial right hip and arthritis in the left hip.)

2. My right ankle is stronger and hurts far less. (My ankle was badly broken in college. My doctor thinks it was re-broken at some point. Previously there we times when it would feel like I was walking on broken bone. It will still need repair at some point, but less weight on it has helped and walking on the treadmill has strengthened it.)

3. For the first time in 13 years I recovered from a cold without it turning into an infection that then needed antibiotics for treatment. (I have an immune deficiency that isn't going to go away because of a change in my lifestyle, but my overall health has clearly improved enough that I can fight a common cold with just my monthly infusions.)

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2BHEALTHY46 1/21/2009 8:11PM

I am experiencing more computer problems at home. I do miss everyones support.
I finally can post a weight lost. Every bit counts. I realize that I eat far too much at night.

Hope your healthy ways continue!

Do you journal your foods
when you feel that you are mindlessly grazing?


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Almost in One-derland

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This morning was my weekly weigh-in day. I stepped on the scale and prayed (as usual) that I would see a slight movement in the right direction. Last week I had weighed in at 202.8. I wanted to see at least a few ounces gone. Instead I looked down to see a full 2.2 pounds gone from the scale. The scale read 200.6. I stepped off of my digital scale, let it power down, touched it to re-power it, stepped up again and saw that it still said 200.6! I was in shock. I was in awe. For 8 1/2 months I have worked to see my body change. I have worked to watch the inches decrease. And I have worked to see the numbers on the scale decline. Still, I was blown away to see that I am in my last days in the 200s. Soon I will step upon that scale and see 100+. It truly shocked me that it has really come. I am about to enter one-derland.

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LESS_IS_MO 1/14/2009 9:08AM

    Woo Freakin Hoo!

There is NOTHING like making it to onederland to charge up a person's motivation and to start to feel normal again. I remember it well, and I rode the wave of renewed motivation for several weeks if not months, if I recall.

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Signs of Change , Part II

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today I will make myself aware of how far I have come mentally. My list includes:

1. In over 8 months time, I have rarely put any food into my mouth without conscious thought.

2. I purposely attempt to eat healthy food. I strive to eat fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, dairy products and fiber.

3. I rarely touch anything with refined sugar. I no longer feel "driven" to consume sugar.

4. I look at my body. I want to SEE it and know what it looks like. I want image I have of myself to be true and undistorted.

5. I purposely try to add more steps to my days, rather than seek ways to avoid movement.

6. I feel "driven" to move my body.

7. I am aware that I am 52 years old and my opportunities to truly change my life dwindle with each year. It makes me want to be certain not to squander what I have accomplished.

8. I mentally plan my food for the day, especially if I will be away from home. Then I take my lunch, healthy snacks and/or water with me.

9. I consciously focus on the fact that the stresses and problems in my life have nothing to do with food and food will not fix them.

10. I actively work to fill my mind and my life with things other than food.

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LESS_IS_MO 1/14/2009 3:16PM

    Hi I'm back to read another blog. WOW. This is quite the list. You must be proud!

I am really struggling with 3, and perhaps 2 on that list, and this is new for me since the holidays. I am just not as motivated to stick to the clean foods since I did too much feasting over Christmas. I find myself wondering if I double my running miles, and increase my cross-training (I currently run 5k per day, plus do a few other bits) if that might make me continue to lose weight without cutting back on the bad foods. I've decided that it wouldn't work....I'd probably just eat all the burned calories back ,and find myself in the same boat, --albeit with healthier heart and lungs.

have a great week and weekend.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

I don't know what is keeping you from giving it your all, but I know what it was for me. I never truly believed in myself as a thin person. I had some sense of who the fat girl/woman was. I knew how to navigate through life in that form. I had never been thin for any great length of time and I didn't know how to live in that body. I didn't know who I was or how to act. I could imagine getting thin (and I did, a number of times), but I couldn't live thin. My whole life had revolved around food, either the eating of it or the not eating it. I didn't know how to fill my life up with other things and put food in its proper place in my life. Because of that I reached a point where I didn't BELIEVE in me. I thought it was absolutely not possible for me to lose weight. When I came to SP I felt pretty desperate, but I had just enough hope to give it one more try and I stuck with the basics long enough (tracking my food, exercising, drinking enough water, getting enough rest) that I began to FEEL different. I actually began to WANT to exercise (an absolutely foreign concept to my 51-year-old body --- I recall many times when I would be with friends who WANTED to take a walk. I would go with them, but only because I WANTED to be with them. I had no desire to take a walk --- unless it was because I thought I SHOULD.) Now I have done this program long enough that I can FEEL the changes in my body and in me. In the past I have lost weight by reducing the amount of food that I eat. This time I haven't just taken something away. I have added other things that fill me up in a different way. I am now getting to know the thinner (not thin, yet) me and I BELIEVE!

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BETRME100 1/9/2009 7:02AM

    What you believe, you can achieve!! And you are achieving it!! Good job!!


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